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Green Aye! marks the close of Leafing the Green

16/11/12

A new book, Green Aye! has been published to mark the end of a two-year writer in residence project focused on Aberdeen's historic heart.

Writer Raman Mundair, who used creative writing in the historic environment of The Green and the Green Townscape Heritage Initiative regeneration project, launched the free book at the Carmelite Hotel.

Leafing the Green was a two year writer in residence project, led by Aberdeen City Council's Arts Education Team, which focused on The Green THI area, funded by the THI and a 50,000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland).

Raman shared her time between developing her own literary work and using creative writing to engage local schoolchildren and the broader community in the historic environment of the THI which covers the area between Union Street and Guild Street, from Shiprow to Bridge Street, including the Adelphi, the Green, and Market Street.

Raman worked with the community to reflect on the historical significance and gradual regeneration of the buildings and streetscape in The Green, with a view to developing a greater sense of pride in the area. The Green, Aye! was the result of that work.

The THI also contributed to the recently-launched Secrets of The Green plaque trail, a visual legacy of Leafing the Green conceived by Raman. The trail consists of eight plaques which form an interactive poetry and art installation, each plaque providing and engaging insight into the history of the area.

Aberdeen City Council's creative learning manager Jacky Hardacre said: ""Raman Mundair has used her writing skills to develop local people's interest in the history of The Green and to think about the area's future. The new book, the plaque trail and a set of new resources for teachers will mean the impact of Raman's work will be felt beyond the two years of her residency in Aberdeen."

Green THI project manager Graham Young said "The Green THI has aided building owners and custodians to restore and renew the historic Victorian buildings of the ancient heart of the city.

"But, Leafing the Green has helped in such a marvellously uplifting way to inspire a generation of Aberdeen's children to open eyes and minds to their historic heritage.

"If just one of these young people makes their career in architecture, conservation or the arts then we have succeeded in truly embracing regeneration through heritage conservation."

The Green, Aye! can be picked up from various businesses in the The Green. The plaques are located at various locations around The Green – see how many you can find!

The Green Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a major, conservation led programme that has been set up to tackle the problems of run down historic buildings and streetscape where longstanding economic and structural decline has undermined the character of this historic and architecturally rich area.